What does the Decameron say about the plague?

What does the Decameron say about the plague?

In the Decameron, Boccaccio states some possibilities: “Some say that [the plague] descended upon the human race through the influence of the heavenly bodies, others that it was a punishment signifying God’s righteous anger at our iniquitous way of life.

What is the Decameron summary?

The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men; they shelter in a secluded villa just outside Florence in order to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city.

What was the cause of the Black Death for kids?

The Black Death is widely believed to have been the result of plague that was caused by infection with the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Most scientists think that this bacterium was first passed from infected rodents to humans through the bite of fleas. Then it spread quickly from one person to another.

What does Boccaccio think caused the plague?

He concluded that society itself had caused the plague by its sinful behavior. Boccaccio condemns the people who fled the city in hopes of escaping the plague.

Why is Decameron important?

The Decameron is viewed as Boccaccio’s masterpiece and is generally regarded as the work that cemented his reputation as the founder of Italian prose literature. The Decameron tells a story of ten young Florentines who have fled from the Black Plague to reside in Naples.

What is the moral lesson of the story Decameron?

The moral is that people can be happy, prosperous and creative even in the worst of times: nothing quenches the life force.

What is the message of the Decameron?

Almost all the stories are about love and lust (we’ll get to lust later). The most important message seems to be that love is a natural and powerful force that can’t be denied; it overwhelms reason and common sense; it transforms people. In The Decameron, love is usually consummated in sex.

What was the cure of the Black Death for kids?

Rubbing onions, herbs or a chopped up snake (if available) on the boils or cutting up a pigeon and rubbing it over an infected body. Drinking vinegar, eating crushed minerals, arsenic, mercury or even ten-year-old treacle!